Athletics

Watch: Mark English Nearly Catches David Rudisha With Phenomenal Run At Great City Games

Watch: Mark English Nearly Catches David Rudisha With Phenomenal Run At Great City Games

Mark English has produced an absolutely superb run at the Great North City Games in Newcastle this weekend, finishing second in a field including David Gillick's old sparring partner Martyn Rooney (a former European Champion), British hurdling star Jack Green - and double Olympic champion David Rudisha.

In making the semi-finals of the 800 metres at the Rio Olympics, English performed well considering he had only recently recovered from a broken foot. And in Newcastle he provided evidence that he is in flying shape as he finished only .22 seconds behind the great Rudisha with a time of 57.91 seconds.

English had said before the event that the Great City Games series brings "great exposure for the sport" while making the point that "it's also a bit more relatable to a wider audience - more people run on roads than on tracks".

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Last year, English actually won the 500 metres event at the Great North City Games, with a time of 59.58 seconds. His improvement in time this year possibly shows the benefit of having someone like Rudisha as pacemaker - and the great man's handshake after the race perhaps indicated an acknowledgement of a dangerous rival ahead of Tokyo in four years' time (if he decides to compete).

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Conall Cahill

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